Photographer's Note

This is my third photo from a journey by public transport through the so called backwaters of Kerala in 1988. The popular houseboats, nowadays hired by most tourists, were only introduced in Kerala a few years later, so I had to travel by boat running on a regular schedule through the lagoons, lakes and canals inside the coastal reefs and sandbanks.

This is from one of the many "stations" where we stopped to drop off or pick up passengers. It was late afternoon and a long day on the boat was getting near the end. Maybe this was the last stop before we reached our goal, Alappuzha (Aleppey).

If the cross puzzles you, Kerala is among the Indian states with the relatively highest number of Christians, totalling about 20 percent of the population. Christianity is supposed to have arrived in Kerala with Saint Thomas the Apostle already in the year 52, according to popular belief. Christian congregations have existed here ever since. Much later European missionaries arrived here.

Three small states in northeastern India - Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya – are overwhelmingly Christian. Goa, which was a Portuguese colony until 1961, has about 27 percent Christians according to the census of 2001.

I have scanned this from a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

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